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Keeping the Faith




Submitted by:
Linda Webb

On June 22,2015, my dad was diagnosed with an inoperable glioblastoma. He began receiving chemo therapy and radiation treatments but unfortunately, the tumor did not respond to the treatment. On September 23,2015, three months and three days after being diagnosed, my dad finished his battle with brain cancer. He is deeply missed everyday. On the morning of January 2,2017, I received a phone call that something had happened to my husband, Curtis. He had some kind of seizure at work and was taken to the James.The tests showed a mass in his left temporal lobe. By the end of the week, he was undergoing brain surgery to have it removed. A few weeks later, we learned it was a glioblastoma! The same exact tumor that my Dad had been diagnosed with. Curtis went through chemo therapy and radiation and was admitted into a clinical trial. Curtis was doing well but at his one year anniversary, they began to see changes on his MRI. The doctors at the James weren’t sure if it was due to treatment or of the tumor was returning. On August 8, 2018, they did a biopsy to determine the cause of the changes. Great news!! No tumor growth!! Curtis began to have other physical problems that caused him to drop out of the clinical trial. But despite these problems, Curtis is doing well overall. He has continued to have stable scans and enjoy activities with his family and friends. We are thankful first, to God for his healing power at work in Curtis body, second, to the doctors, nurses, and everyone at the James for all their care and support, and to all our family and friends who have prayed,cried, and walked this journey. Lastly, we are thankful for the head of the Cure organization for funding research to help find a cure for brain cancer and for giving us a way to honor our loved ones and stand with those who are still on their journey. I am looking forward to the day that our steps defeat brain cancer!!!